Medicare in Texas: Your Options & Important Deadlines

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Table of Contents: Medicare in Texas  Medicare Plan Options in Texas Original Medicare (Part A & B) Medicare Part C (Medicare Advantage) Medicare Part D (Prescription Drug Coverage) Medicare Supplement (Medigap Plans) Enrollment Deadlines in Texas Medicare in Texas Medicare is a United States federal health insurance program. In Texas, as in the rest of […]

What is Medicare Part A and What Does it Cover?

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Medicare is a United States federal health insurance program that reduces the cost of healthcare services. Medicare plans cover people aged 65 or older, younger people who meet disability eligibility requirements, and individuals with specific diseases such as End-Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) or Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).  Table of Contents: Eligibility & How to Enroll […]

Will I Automatically Get Medicare with Social Security Benefits?

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Will You Automatically Receive Medicare Coverage with Social Security Benefits? In some cases, yes.  If you’re already getting benefits from Social Security or the Railroad Retirement Board (RRB), you’ll automatically be enrolled in both Part A and Part B starting the first day of the month you turn 65. If your birthday is on the […]

When Do I Stop Paying Medicare and Social Security Taxes?

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How are your Social Security and Medicare benefits funded? Through your earned income. Payroll taxes under the Federal Insurance Contribution Act (FICA) or the Self-Employed Contributions Act (SECA) fund your Social Security benefits—including Medicare.  If you are employed or self-employed in the United States you pay FICA or SECA taxes. These payroll deductions fund your […]

Medicare vs. Medicaid – Understand The Key Differences

Medicaid and Medicare are both health insurance programs that are government-sponsored and operated. However, they differ dramatically in eligibility, what government entity oversees the program and what each program costs. Let’s dive a little deeper. Medicare vs. Medicaid Difference #1 – Eligibility Medicaid is designed primarily for those with limited financial resources. But Medicaid eligibility […]

How Medicare Plans Change When You Move

Can I change my Medicare or Medicare Advantage plan if I move? Medicare Part A and Part B will move with you. However, Medicare Advantage (Part C) plans and Part D drug plans can change if you move out of your plan’s service area. Check with your insurance plan to learn more. If you move […]

9 Ways to Save on Medicare Expenses

Medicare Savings Tips 1. Reduce your monthly Medicare premium Reviewing your monthly Medicare premium is an excellent place to start when saving on your Medicare expenses. Based on your Medicare coverage, there may be ways to reduce your overall monthly premium expenses. Medicare-eligible individuals generally get free premiums for Medicare Part A and pay $144.60 […]

5 Reasons To Switch Medicare Plans

1. Make sure you are getting the best deal Every year smart shoppers find ways to save hundreds of dollars by switching to a Medicare Advantage plan. If you are already on a Medicare Advantage plan you may be able to find a plan with lower monthly premiums and co-pays. Even if you are on a $0 […]

COVID-19 Resources for Older Adults on Medicare in Arizona

At Connie Health, we’re committed to providing you with helpful information and resources about coronavirus to keep you informed and protected during these uncertain times. Below outlines resources about COVID-19 for older adults, Medicare coverage and Maricopa County resources. What is COVID-19? COVID-19, or the novel coronavirus, is a respiratory disease that originated in Wuhan, […]

Medicare Chronic Special Needs Plans

C-SNPs are a part of a class of Medicare plans specifically for people with one of three different types of special needs: Specific types of chronic conditions (chronic special needs plans or C-SNP) Dual Medicare & Medicaid eligibility (dual eligible special needs plans or D-SNP) Long-term or institutional care (institutional special needs plans or I-SNP) […]